Training Course on ‘Biotechnological Tools and Techniques for Cotton - Sample Collection Activities’
Date: 17-28 January 2022
Venue: Dhaka - Bangladesh

Within the framework of the Reverse Linkage Project between Bangladesh and Türkiye on “Enhancing Capacity in Cotton Varieties Development”, SESRIC, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and Nazilli Cotton Research Institute (CRI) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Türkiye, organized a Training Course on “Biotechnological Tools and Techniques for Cotton - Sample Collection Activities” on 17-28 January 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The training course was provided by competent trainers from the Nazilli Cotton Research Institute (CRI) of Türkiye for the benefit of 50 cotton experts from the Cotton Development Board (CDB) under the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh. The training course covered both theoretical and practical aspects of the topic, and included technical visits to Bangladesh's relevant agriculture research institutions; namely, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institution (BARI), Sreepur Agriculture Research Center, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute in Kushtia and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute in Rangpur.

The main objective of the training course was to contribute to the efforts of the Cotton Development Board (CDB) of Bangladesh to increase local cotton production, particularly in less productive agricultural land. The course focused on the relevant technical subjects such as; generations of molecular markers used in breeding, tissue culture methods used in breeding, speed breeding in cotton and embryo rescue techniques and their applications.

Reverse Linkage is a technical cooperation mechanism introduced by IsDB in 2013 to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise, as well as sharing of best practices amongst partnering OIC Member States. In an effort to develop the capacities in the OIC Member States and devise solutions for their autonomous development, Reverse Linkage is considered a valuable peer-to-peer south-south cooperation modality. Within the framework of this modality, SESRIC involves and contributes to the implementation of the relevant Reverse Linkage projects with a view to addressing the capacity building needs at the human and institutional levels.